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Infection Control

Unlikely source of bacteria outbreak

TORONTO — Although they were installed to promote better handwashing practices in intensive care and patient rooms, state-of-the-art sinks were actually doing more harm than good.
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Disinfection tips to remember

JOHNSTOWN, NY — Recent outbreaks of whooping cough in several U.S. states have prompted representatives of Spray Nine to release key tips to ensure proper disinfection to contain the disease''s spread.
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Olympic Games could breed Olympic germs

LONDON — The 2012 London Olympic Games will bring together residents, athletes and visitors from more than 200 countries, making the need for vigilance against germs a daunting task.
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Redesigning for health

LONDON — A study out of Huddersfield University has revealed that 55 percent of nurses'' bags are never cleaned and only six percent are cleaned once a week.
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CDC: Whooping cough worst national epidemic in 50 years

ATLANTA — Whooping cough, once a deadly disease to U.S. children, has become rare and antiquated, thanks to a vaccine that drove the number of cases down.
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Med students unwilling to speak up

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA — A cross-sectional study recently took place in Monash University in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, assessing the willingness of medical students to speak up about subpar hand hygiene practices among their colleagues and supervising physicians.
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Regional VP recognized as a Certified Healthcare Environmental Services Professional

GREEN BROOK, NJ — James Vosburg, regional vice president of BRAVO! Group Services Inc., has been recognized by the American Hospital Association (AHA) as a Certified Healthcare Environmental Services Professional (CHESP).
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Five-second rule not a sure thing

CHICAGO — If you believe conventional wisdom, you have about five seconds to pick up that piece of food that has fallen to the floor before its contaminated with any germs, but is this wisdom fact or fiction?
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<i>C. diff</i> rates dropping

TORONTO — Rates of Clostridium difficile (C. diff) infections dropped by more than a quarter after Ontario made it mandatory for hospitals to publically report cases of the hospital-acquired infection (HAI).
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Ownership over handwashing

OTTAWA, ON — Despite the lengths Canadian hospitals have gone to in order to improve handwashing compliance among doctors, optimal hand hygiene practices continues to hover under 40 percent.
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